Mike Boland

About me

My name is Mike Boland and I am a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Sand Creek Middle School in Albany New York. I have been teaching for 4 years and I am pursuing my Masters in Educational Theory and Practice at SUNY Albany. I just recently celebrated my 1 year anniversary with my beautiful wife Morgan, and we are currently in the process of buying a house. I coach a lot of soccer in my spare time and it keeps me extremely busy. I am nervous and excited for this course as I know about myself that I do not do all that well with online courses. I love engaging in the material and the workload, while posting and looking at other students work, but at times I let items build up and I seem to work better under pressure, which may not always be good!


My Topic/Purpose

Frequently in schools, business, and society in general, the idea of "reflection" is being valued more and more. However, many people may not have a true idea of how to maximize the practice of being reflective. The practice of reflection or being reflective on a personal level can have many different pathways and activities for success.

How this Course can help you! The purpose of this course is to provide a basic foundation for participants to practice being reflective, and discovering which method of reflection may work best for them. Participants will undergo a series of activities that provide avenues for an understanding of what reflection is and how it may be useful in your daily life.

Needs Assessment

Self assessment is important because according to one source "Reflecting helps you to develop your skills and review their effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as you have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do and why you do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future." (The Open University 2018). Individuals may consistently hear this idea of being "reflective" without a true understanding of what that means.

Analysis of the Learner and Context


The learners of this course can be anyone! Typically used in conjunction with a high school or perhaps even a college class, this course outline can be accessed by any student, teacher, employee, or any individual who needs aid in helping to find that idea of being reflective! This course can perhaps best be used in conjunction with a school project or character ed building program that encourages reflection.


The context of this course will be mainly online, with the ability to transfer ideas and track progress through the use of online journals (or personal journals if need be) as well as implementing any of the practices in your own classroom or work environment.

Performance Objectives

Students will be able to state their own definition of Reflection by writing in the Reflection Forum Students will be able to redefine and modify their definition on Reflection by including 1 statement from the Unit 1 Article in the Reflection Forum.

Students will be able to practice Reflective habits by accurately identifying and stating in their Reflective Journal which reflective practice they are using based off of the articles read in class.

Students will be able to practice being reflective by watching videos and creating their own video while including at least 2 practices used in class.

Task Analysis

Unit 1: Defining Reflection


Learners will be able to define reflection by reading articles and creating their own definition in the Unit Reflection Forum

Learners will be able to be share their thoughts on being reflective by writing in their Reflective Journal

Unit 2: The Practice of Being Reflective


Learners will be able to breakdown methods of being reflective by reading articles and practicing reflection habits by correctly summarizing their method of choice with 100% accuracy in their Reflection Journal

Learners will be able to share their thoughts on being reflective by participating in the Unit Reflection Forum

Unit 3: Everyday Reflection


Learners will be able to practice being reflective after watching a series of videos and reflecting on them using one of the previous methods from Unit 2

Learners will share their thoughts about the reflective process in their Reflection Journal as well as the Unit Reflection Forum

Unit 4: Your Own Reflection


Learners will post their own created video that outlines the Reflective Process and suggests one method for Reflection not covered in class.

Curriculum Map

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References and Resources

"Reflective Practices" 2011-2018 SkillsYouNeed.com https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/reflective-practice.html

"Gibbs Reflective Cycle. Helping People Learn from Experience" https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/reflective-cycle.htm

"Self Reflection: How to do it Right" August 17th, 2008. MyrkoThum https://www.myrkothum.com/self-reflection-how-to-do-it-right/

"Self Reflection" The Open University 2018 http://www.open.ac.uk/choose/unison/develop/my-skills/self-reflection

"The Jar of Life" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hqBIugr7I

"Every parent, student and teacher needs to hear this. By Jay Shetty" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIgwwRbvVHk

The Value of Self-Reflection | James Schmidt | TEDxUniversityofGlasgow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1bgdwC_m-Y